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Bug 162108 - only the main thread is shown by top(1)
Summary: only the main thread is shown by top(1)
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel
Version: 4.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
: ---
Assignee: Jason Baron
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
Blocks: 156322
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-06-29 22:34 UTC by Tru Huynh
Modified: 2013-03-06 05:58 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Fixed In Version: RHSA-2005-514
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2005-10-05 13:37:37 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

Attachments (Terms of Use)
test case (deleted)
2005-06-29 22:34 UTC, Tru Huynh
no flags Details

System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2005:514 qe-ready SHIPPED_LIVE Important: Updated kernel packages available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2 2005-10-05 04:00:00 UTC

Description Tru Huynh 2005-06-29 22:34:02 UTC
Description of problem:
A threaded program can hide the cpu and io load since the main thread is the
only one reported by top(1).

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
kernel-smp-2.6.9-11.EL (x86/x86_64 UP/SMP)
(not relevant procps-3.2.3-8.1, glibc-2.3.4-2.9, gcc-3.4.3-22.1)

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. download the test case (loop.tgz)
2. tar xzvf loop.tgz && cd loop.d && make
Actual results:

- top(1) is low and does not show any cpu heating process
- the load is high (%cpu and %sys)

Expected results:

the threaded program should be present in the top(1) processes.

Additional info:
2.6.12 kernel from does not exhibit this feature

Comment 1 Tru Huynh 2005-06-29 22:34:03 UTC
Created attachment 116151 [details]
test case

Comment 2 Jason Baron 2005-06-30 15:08:40 UTC
ok, thanks, this should be fixed in our latest testing kernels, can you please
try the latest testing kernels at: thanks.

Comment 4 Tru Huynh 2005-06-30 17:09:51 UTC
it is fixed in 2.6.9-11.21.ELsmp (x86_64) :)

top - 19:06:34 up 21 min,  1 user,  load average: 1.61, 0.56, 0.20
Tasks:  62 total,   2 running,  60 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
Cpu0  : 100.0% us,  0.0% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
Cpu1  :  6.9% us, 93.1% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
Mem:   4060192k total,    89376k used,  3970816k free,     9652k buffers
Swap:  4192956k total,        0k used,  4192956k free,    36724k cached

  PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND            
 3217 tru       16   0 25660  472  372 S 99.7  0.0   3:09.11 loop               

Is there any known issue for 2.6.9-11.21.EL? I would rather not wait for U2
to get the fix for this thread issue :)

Thank you

Comment 5 Jason Baron 2005-06-30 17:42:22 UTC
thanks for getting back so quickly on this :) I'm not aware of any serious
issues with that kernel, however its not an officially supported kernel. Support
can provide 'hotfixes', which are supported. So i suggest contacting our
support. Red Hat's Technical Support line at 888-REDHAT-1 or file a web ticket

Feel free to follow up here, if there are any problems. thanks.

Comment 6 Jason Baron 2005-06-30 17:43:59 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 152430 ***

Comment 7 Red Hat Bugzilla 2005-10-05 13:37:37 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
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